Until recently, Malta was completely reliant on fossil fuels in order to produce its energy, and to this day oil and natural gas are still used to fire the turbines of all Malta’s power stations.

  • Xagħra, Gozo

    Location

    Xagħra, Gozo

  • European Regional Development Fund

    Fund

    European Regional Development Fund

  • Investing in Competitiveness for a better quality of life

    Programme

    Investing in Competitiveness for a better quality of life

  • €11,949

    Cost of Project

    €11,949

  • €11,949

    Total EU Allocation

    €11,949

However, since the island has committed itself to observe more stringent EU targets to start producing part of its energy needs through greener sources, renewable energy has started being rolled out through various projects, particularly from the private sector.

NGOs are continuously struggling to reduce their cost of operations.  Very often they are the providers of a much needed service within the community, which they frequently provide for free.  The reduction in the cost of energy bills is a way of alleviating the burden of operational costs for non-profit organisations, which are usually run by volunteers.

In 2012, through the acquisition of European Regional and Development Funds, the Xagħra football club in Gozo started a new project. The small football club invested in a new photovoltaic panel system, mounted on part of the premises of their football ground, in order to start producing all their energy needs through solar power. This was later emulated by many other sports and voluntary organisations.

Through this project, with most of the costs covered by EU funds, the club has managed to eliminate all its electricity bills, while contributing to the environment by reducing its carbon footprint. The panels also produce excess energy which is sold to the grid, resulting in additional income for the club.

It is estimated that through this project, the Xagħra football club started producing some 23,000 kwh of electricity, while its annual consumption was only about 8,000 kwh.

Additional income from the project allowed the club to re-invest in new equipment and services, aimed at enhancing the facilities which the club offers to its players and the community at large.

The project fitted in seamlessly with Malta’s national EU commitments and is a perfect example for the nation’s drive to reach the far more ambitious targets set by the European Green Deal.

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